Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

Trial begins of police officers over death of Laslo Kolomparov

39-year-old Laslo Kolomparov died during the night of 15 January 2011after upposedly jumped out of a window of the Loziv Police Station. He had a closed head and skull injury, concussion, numerous rib fractures, an injury to the chest cage, a broken shoulder and burst liver and bladder. | detail

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Gongadze case: New excuse, same lack of transparency

The Pechersky District Court in Kyiv has yet again refused to make the trial of former police general Oleksy Pukach charged over the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze open. | detail

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Totally ignored

The authorities have simply ignored the vital questions raised by a number of journalist organizations regarding the Gongadze case. These are now to be sent as information requests in accordance with the Information Act | detail

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Donbas Miners: Neither decent working conditions, nor a normal burial

Civic activists believe that the authorities, including the Mayor and Luhansk Regional Governor, Prystyuk are positively hampering any efforts to bring out the bodies of two miners killed in the latest tragedy at an illegal mine. Each body is more "trouble" for them, more undesirable evidence | detail

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25-year-old dies following police interrogation

On 8 February in the Budyonovsk District Police Station in Donetsk a young man died after being “invited to the station” to give testimony in a criminal investigation regarding a robbery. | detail

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Black Gold mixed with Blood

The illegal mines in the Donbas region which the authorities pretend have been eradicated or somehow made “legal” continue to claim lives with men often simply left to die when accidents occur | detail

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Journalists demand real investigation into Gongadze case

Stop Censorship, the Ukrainian Media Association and RWB demand an open trial of Oleksy Pukach; a criminal investigation over pressure on the investigators with regard to Volodymyr Lytvyn and others whom Pukach’s testimony alleges are implicated in the crime. | detail

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Deaths in Remand Cells must be investigated

The alarming trend towards an increase in deaths in police custody or penal institutions seen over the last two years is not letting up, with two young men dying in unclear circumstances just in the last week. | detail

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21-year-old dies in Kyiv Remand Prison, supposedly electrocuted

Following a report on his Facebook page by TVi journalist Konstyantin Usov, the State Penitentiary Service has issued a statement on its website regarding the death of a young man last night, 24 January. As can be seen below this diverges considerably from the journalist’s report | detail

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Myroslava Gongadze: “A Country that launders criminals”

"President Kuchma’s lawyers and their client claim to be interested in uncovering the truth in the Gongadze case, but are in fact opposing the course of justice. They are using formal grounds to get the case brought against Kuchma declared unlawful". | detail

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Court of Appeal upholds ruling closing prosecution against Kuchma

The Kyiv Court of Appeal on Friday 20 January upheld the decision of the Pechersky District Court in Kyiv on 14 December 2011 which quashed the criminal proceedings against former Presidentt Kuchma in connection with Georgy Gongadze’s murder | detail

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2011 Black Calendar of Deaths in Police Custody

The Association of Ukrainian Human Rights Monitors on Law Enforcement has compiled a harrowing report on death in police custody during 2011. Of the 35 deaths, 7 people hanged themselves, and 5 jumped from windows | detail

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Ihor Indylo’s parents appeal rulings over son’s death

Oleksandr Zarutsky, lawyer representing the parents of Ihor Indylo, the student who died on the eve of his twentieth birthday in police custody has lodged three appeals | detail

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Trial of police officers over death of Yevhen Zvenigorodsky continues

Forensic tests found that Mr Zvenigorodsky had died from a stomach injury, and that he had been beaten no later than 5 hours before his death, this meaning while in police custody | detail

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We are left with shame before Ihor Indylo and his parents.Shame and fear, since each case of impunity for police who kill and torture can result in new outrages. | detail

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Ukraine must launch fresh investigation into student death in custody

The Ukrainian authorities must launch a fresh investigation into the death in custody of a student, Amnesty International said after two police officers suspected of responsibility for his death walked free following a court hearing in Kyiv | detail

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Protests against impunity for Ihor Indylo’s killers

In Kyiv and Zhytomyr protests took place on Thursday evening over the announcement of a verdict in the case of the one police officer left facing charges over the death in police custody of young student Ihor Indylo | detail

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Conditional sentence over death in police custody of Ihor Indylo

Neither the court nor the Prosecutor established what had led to the serious injury which caused Ihor’s death. Prykhodko was convicted only of unwarrantedly detaining the young student and dragging him by force into the cell | detail

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Court upholds criminal investigation against Mykola Melnychenko

The ruling comes nearly two weeks after the same Pechersky District Court r quashed the criminal proceedings against Leonid Kuchma over the murder of Georgy Gongadze, because the tapes made by Melnychenko are no longer deemed admissible evidence | detail

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Court amnesties one of the officers charged over the death of Ihor Indylo

The Desnyansky District Court which is for the second time examining the case brought over the death in police custody of young student Ihor Indylo, has amnestied one of the two officers who were facing charges | detail

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